Kara Gloe: North Dakota school board member slammed for not standing to US flag

'It is disgraceful and it is disgusting with me being a military veteran,' said a community member who is seeking Kara Gloe's resignation


                            Kara Gloe: North Dakota school board member slammed for not standing to US flag
Moorehead school board member Kara Gloe did not stand for the American flag for the Pledge of Allegiance during a meeting (Facebook/Kara Gloe and Brad Schenck)
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A Moorehead, North Dakota community member back in August called for Moorehead school board member Kara Gloe’s resignation after she reportedly failed to stand for the American flag for the Pledge of Allegiance during a meeting. According to an August ValleyNewsLive report, the community member Brad Schenck expressed his unappreciation for Gloe’s choice. He also alleged that this was not the first time Gloe took this stance.

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Schenck alleged that Gloe did not stand up at another meeting earlier in the same month. “It is disgraceful and it is disgusting with me being a military veteran and for all who have stood and fought for this flag, and some had paid the ultimate sacrifice and price,” he said.

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He shared a video of the meeting on Facebook on August 18. He wrote alongside the video: “This is a video of the Moorhead School Board. Kara Gloe is the member disrespecting America. Vote her out! I will be speaking at Monday’s meeting.” It showed board members rising with hand over heart while Gloe remained seated. She shuffled papers around while others recited the pledge.

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Comments on the video slammed Gloe. One person wrote, “So sad the lack of respect for a country that gives us SO MUCH! Why do you think so many are flooding to our borders. I suspect this woman has a small experience with the plight of others in third world countries....if not ignorance then I suggest it can only be evil.” Another comment read, “Send her to Afghanistan for her to see what its like there. I bet she would show the respect then!!!”

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One person also wrote, “I’ve read through many of the comments and I think many are failing to realize that this woman is a paid, elected official. She is not doing this at some sporting event on her own time. She is a member of the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America. On their main page it states “we are socialists because we are developing a vision for a radical democracy". She has her own agenda and ulterior motives. She failed to disclose this information in her bio when voters made their decision.”

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School board member Matt Valan defended Gloe’s decision. “I may not agree with what you are doing, but I will defend to the death, your right to do this in this country,” said Valan.

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As per her website, Gloe was born and raised in a small town in the middle of South Dakota. “My parents owned a heavy road construction company for 20 years. In my teens, they built a modular home park and started a garbage collection service. My dad hardly ever worked less than 60 hours per week, and my mom never had less than two jobs at any given time. They taught us about hard work, fierce love, and the importance of taking care of others,” she wrote. 

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“I believe that we are responsible for building community. Through my work with the City of Fargo, I’m involved with several groups that work to connect people and make life more equitable for everyone. Outside of work, I am a member of the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America, a political organizing group that works toward progressive change,” she worte.

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